Presidential Tribunal: WAEC disowns certificate tendered by Buhari


An official of the West African Examination Council, Osidehinde Adewunmi,  says WAEC did not issue the Cambridge University’s Moderated International Examination credentials tendered as exhibits by President Muhammadu Buhari before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

Buhari had On Tuesday tendered two documents; a statement of results and a broadsheet for the results as Exhibits 19 and 21 as he opened his defense against the petition filed by the PDP at the Presidential tribunal.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Adewunmi, Deputy Registrar, School Examinations in Nigeria, of WAEC, was called to testify before the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, as Buhari’s fourth defence witness.

The witness, who said he had been working with WAEC for about 30 years, told the tribunal that the examination was conducted by Cambridge University in conjunction with WAEC.

He confirmed that 18 persons sat for the examinations in 1961, adding that Buhari was listed as number two on the list of candidates for the examination.

He confirmed that Buhari sat for eight subjects and had five credits in the examination – Oral English, C5; History, A3; Geography, C6; Hausa, C5; and Health Science, C6.

When cross-examined by the petitioners’ lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), Adewunmi was asked if Exhibit R19 was a certificate, he said, “I cannot say whether it is a certificate because my signature is not on the certificate. It is not bearing my name or the name of my organisation”.

Asked again, the witness said, “This document is bearing the name of Cambridge University Assessment International Education”.

Asked if the document was issued by WAEC, he said,  “It is not a document from the West Africa Examination Council”.

Asked about Exhibit R21, he said, “This is the foundation, the primary foundation for issuance of a certificate.”

The witness was also asked if the document was a certificate.

“This is not a certificate,” the witness answered.

When asked, he also said, “I have never worked with the University of Cambridge”.

In his bid to point out out contradictions in the two documents, the petitioners’ lawyers asked the witness to compare the number of subjects listed against Buhari in them.

The witness confirmed that in R21, “The number of subjects listed against the 2nd respondent (Buhari) is eight”, and in R19 “six subjects”.

He also confirmed that the first name on the two documents was “Mohamed” and as against the President’s “Muhammad”.

He also confirmed that WAEC registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadae, issued a WAEC attestation certificate to Buhari on November 2, 2018.

Adewunmi disagreed with the petitioners’ lawyer that issuance of an attestation certificate was not limited to cases of loss or misplacement.

The PDP and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are challenging President Buhari’s victory at the February 23, 2019 poll.

Part of the grounds of the petition was that Buhari lacked the educational qualification to contest the election.

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